Spring Vetch- close-up
Vicia sativa* /Pea Family
(INN) Rank 2
April 22, 2005
Note the ant on the stem. These plants have small, round, black "cups" on the stems that attract ants. These glands (extrafloral nectaries) protect the flowers from being entered by nectar-robbing ants. The seeds of Vicia species contain the tongue-twisting toxin beta-cyano-L-alanine.
Where seen:Oak Ridge, Haw Ridge Greenway